The Spotted Hound, I am sure, is one of those cheeky little dogs who thinks he is a Great Dane. Always on the run, always protecting, always giving great pleasure, as indeed this wine named for him does. Ryan Puttick, the Old Road Wine Company Winemaker at their Franschhoek Cellar, has produced and interesting four-way blend of Grenache Noir (41%); Carignan (32%); Cinsaut (15%) and Shiraz (12%). He’s clearly having fun. Each component separately vinified and matured for 8 months in 2nd and 3rd Fill French Oak Barrels. The wines were then blended and prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped almost black bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is as quirky as the wine itself, makes me want to taste the wine again, I have known it over 3 vintages and the mix is different each time. In the glass, it is a deep dark bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the rim. The aromas are of dark fruits, berries, mulberries and roadside brambles. These are repeated on the palate which has a lovely line of acidity and oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla running through the generously fruited mid-section into a long aftertaste with undertows of a floral Turkish Delight and fynbos flowers The wine is ready for drinking now, though will reward after a year or two of cool cellaring.
The Old Road Wine Company The Spotted Hound 2018 is a wine for all seasons. Chilled slightly it certainly adds pleasure to the drinking thereof. It is good with spicy dishes. You can enjoy it with Robyn Wallace’s Pork Goulash. Click HERE for her recipe and for a browse around her lovely website.
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